That’s the startling claim from the captain of the yacht Natalie Wood was on before she drowned in 1981. Natalie was partying with husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken at the time and the original story was she drowned while trying to secure a dinghy. In light of new claims and supporting evidence, officials have reopened the case as a homicide investigation.
In Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, Rulli and Splendour Captain Dennis Davern writes Wood, Wagner and Walken were high on Quaaludes and drinking that night. Wagner got angry when he saw Wood and Walken talking alone. He ended up smashing a wine bottle and yelling at Walken, “What do you want to do, f**k my wife? Is that what you want?”
Walken went back to his cabin and Natalie and Robert went back to their state room. The captain then says he heard them arguing, then thumping sounds, then silence. Soon after, Wagner told the captain that “Natalie is missing.” He also alleges Wagner refused to let the Coast Guard be called. Wagner implied Natalie left on a dinghy but that story was always suspicious because Natalie was afraid of the water.
Robert Wagner’s rep has released this statement in response:
“Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff’s department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept.”
“[The Wagners] trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death.” TMZ
In un-related news, Wagner has booked plane tickets to Switzerland. They don’t have any extradition laws, right? Why? Oh… no reason, just curious.